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Two dead as torrential rain causes floods across Spain

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Two dead as torrential rain causes floods across Spain
Spanish state weather agency AEMET said up to 120 litres per square metre fell on the Spanish capital in a 12-hour period. (Photo by CURTO DE LA TORRE / AFP)

Two people have died and three are missing as torrential rain caused havoc in many parts of Spain on Sunday, with Madrid, Toledo, Cuenca and Cádiz bearing the brunt of a storm that's left flooded roads, fallen trees and serious transport disruptions. 

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Spain experienced on Sunday some of the heaviest rainfall in recent memory.

In Madrid, authorities sent out an SMS red alert to everyone in the capital on Sunday, warning people to stay at home as motorways, other key roads and even some metro lines were flooded or affected by the torrential rain, with 1,200 incidents reported so far. 

Spanish state weather agency AEMET said up to 120 litres per square metre could fall on the Spanish capital in a 12-hour period.

Although there has been flooding and serious disruptions in Madrid city, the amount of rainfall that fell was considerably less than forecast by AEMET, leading some to question the red alert sent to millions of people in the capital. 

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Two people have died in Toledo province in central Spain; one who drowned inside a lift and another inside a vehicle.

A father and son were also reported missing in the village of Aldea del Fresno in the Community of Madrid, where three bridges collapsed due to the stormy weather. 

The latest is that the missing son has been located holding on to the branches of a tree on Monday and has now been rescued. Their vehicle was dragged into a river by the torrential rain.

Two other people are still missing in the Community of Madrid. 

The La Liga match between Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla also had to be postponed due to the torrential rain. 

Five regions are on yellow alert on Monday for heavy rain - Madrid, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha , Basque Country and La Rioja - but overall the worst of the storm has passed as AEMET is no longer sending out orange and red alerts as it did on Sunday.

The stormy weather also caused road flooding and closures, fallen trees and other serious damage in Valencia, with a similar scenario across much of the Valencian region and other parts of Spain's Mediterranean coast on Sunday. 

Spain’s rail network is suffering serious delays in the parts of the country that have been most affected by the torrential rain.

The southern province of Granada also experienced heavy rain on Sunday, with two people rescued from mudslides in the town of Albuñol.

Municipalities in the southern province of Cádiz and in Cuenca in central Spain were also flooded by the torrential rain. 

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